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GENERAL ROBERT C. MATHIS

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General Robert C. Mathis is the vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.

General Mathis was born in 1927, in Eagle Pass, Texas, where he graduated from high school in 1944. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree and a commission as second lieutenant. Later in his career he received advanced degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Texas.

In November 1949, after pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Williams Air Force Base, Ariz., he was assigned to the 51st Fighter Group on Okinawa, a unit equipped with the F-80 Shooting Star. During the Korean War General Mathis served as an F-80 fighter pilot in the 16th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron and as a forward air controller with the 6148th Tactical Control Squadron. In addition to the Purple Heart, he also received the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross for his combat tour in Korea.

In August 1956, following a tour as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., he transferred to the Rome Air Development Center, Griffiss Air Force Base, N.Y., as the program director of the center's Trinidad Test Site. During this period he played a major role in the critical development phases of the Ballistic Missile Warning System, the Echo Satellite Program and the Project Mercury Downrange Tracking Program. After attending the University of Texas in 1963, he served as a project officer in the Development Division, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., where he was responsible for the development of special weapons delivery systems.

General Mathis completed the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in August 1967 and was assigned as the senior U.S. adviser to the Vietnamese air force with IV Corps in the Mekong Delta. From October 1967 to November 1968, he flew more than 200 combat missions, including an air strike in the A-1 for which he received his second Distinguished Flying Cross.

General Mathis returned to the United States in November 1968 for duty in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In August 1969 he was named commander of the Rome Air Development Center. Under his direction the center established one of the best flight safety and test aircraft utilization rates in the Air Force Systems Command.

In January 1971 General Mathis transferred to the Aeronautical Systems Division, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where he became system program director for the F-111 and later the F-15. During this tour of duty he also managed tactical reconnaissance, strike and electronic warfare programs.

General Mathis served as deputy chief of staff, systems, at Air Force Systems Command headquarters, Andrews Air Force Base, Md., from October 1976 to May 1977, when he become vice commander of Air Force Systems Command. He became the vice commander of Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., in March 1979. He assumed his present duties on March 1, 1980.

His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Citation emblem and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon.

General Mathis' hometown is Eagle Pass, Texas.

He was promoted to the grade of general March 1, 1980.


(Current as of August 1980)

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